Click on the links below to download templates for various Bible study methods.
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Individual or Small Group Studies
Various studies on the Psalms:
Spiritual Warfare: Below are the files for a 12-session study on spiritual warfare
SF Part 1 Knowing the Enemy Introduction (This is the transcript of the video intro.)
SF Part 2 Knowing the Conqueror Introduction (This is the transcript of the video intro.)
SF Part 3 Knowing How to Fight Introduction (This is the transcript of the video intro.)
Promo material: You can save the image above and use your own church or group log by uploading it and modifying it on http://www.canva.com. Also, here are some other promos:
Advent: A four-week study for individuals, families, or small groups
Battling Unbelief: for the Sake of Love, Holiness, and Sin-Killing
This study is 12 sessions long and is based on a series of videos produced by Pastor John Piper. The video shows how love, holiness, and sin-killing will manifest themselves in the lives of believers. The videos can be viewed for free by clicking here or by scanning the QR code on each handout. (I am posting these as I finish them, usually once a week.) In class, we typically watch the videos but only focus on a few of the examples he gives. Sometimes I did not show the videos at all but simply walked through the scriptures and concepts. You can easily use these as one-off lessons or follow the whole series.
Study Method Templates
How to Break Down a Passage of Scripture for Study (Using Philippians 2:1–4)
How to Break Down a Passage of Scripture for Study (Using Philippians 2:5-13)
This is adapted from Dick Eastman’s book “The Hour that Changes the World.” the hour that changed the world prayer wheel or look below for a very short explanation.
Click here for a video timer to use while praying. (Remember the goal isn’t actually time, but focus and connection) The video consists of various categories and can be used as a timer and a guide for prayer. It is 30 minutes long, changing categories every 2.5 minutes. THERE IS NO AUDIO for this video.
Praise: This is simply a time for praising God for who he is. No request, no confession, just simple adoration for the God of our salvation. Begin and end your prayer time with praise.
Waiting on the Lord: Relax, let go, and be quiet before the Lord. This is a time of focus. Set your mind on the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Confession: Confess your sins to the Lord. Ask him for the grace to see the sins that you don’t recognize as sin. This is where repentance begins. Confess your sins and repent.
Praying Scripture: Read through a portion scripture and pray it back to God. For example: Read Ps. 106:1 and pray, “ I praise you name Lord, and give thanks to you, because you are good. You love never fails.” You can then add to this your own thoughts as they relate to the verse or verses that you prayed to the Lord. You could work through a whole Psalm or chapter in this way. Some scriptures are easier to do this with than others; plan ahead.
Watching: Take a mental note of the spiritual warfare going on in your life, your community, and the world. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on how to pray for those involved. Pray for Spiritual and government leadership.
Intercession: This is a time for praying for your family, friends, local church, city, country, and the world. Be specific and pray for people by name. Pray for spiritual and practical needs.
Petitions: A time of praying for yourself: needs, spiritual growth, and a time of communicating dependence God. Again, be specific.
Thanksgiving: Take time to recall what God has done for you in recent days. Has he answered prayers? Provided in some way? Be specific in praying for things he has done for you.
Worship in Song: Sing songs that praise God. The song can be related to your scripture reading or prayer, or not. It may be a good thing to begin in song.
Meditation: This is not the corrupt Eastern form of meditation which empties the mind or focuses on self. Meditate on God, on scripture, and on his works. Listening: Can be combined with meditation. Ask for insight into scripture, spiritual maturity, or guidance on a specific issue. Keep a pad and paper nearby in case you need to write anything down.
Praise: End as you began, in praise. Praise him for any insights you may have received in your time of prayer. Give him praise for his power, knowledge, and generosity. Thank him for all that he will do.